David Friedman, who serves as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, told Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody that President Donald Trump’s new peace plan will restore Israel’s “biblical territory” and open up new opportunities to evangelical tourists by seizing land currently held by Palestinians.
During the interview, Friedman explained to Brody that several historic sites in the Holy Land that are important to evangelical Christians currently can’t be accessed because it’s too “dangerous” for tourists to travel to the occupied territories.
“It’s impossible to get there — they’re completely neglected,” he said of the sites. “Why? Because Israel has not yet retained sovereignty over those territories.”
But that is set to change with the president’s purported “peace plan,” Friedman continued.
“If they do — and our plan contemplates that Israel will — you’re talking about opening up the Bible, bringing it back to life in ways that your listeners could not even have imagined,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for biblical tourism!”
Watch the video below.
NEW VIDEO: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tells me Mideast Peace Plan means, “no retreat by the Jewish state from biblical territory.” @USAmbIsrael adds, “you’re talking about opening up the Bible, bringing it back to life in ways that…couldn’t have even imagined.” pic.twitter.com/9ZsGFrptrJ
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) January 30, 2020
Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75 percent of workers
The Trump administration has quietly issued new guidance that will exempt many small businesses from having to provide some workers with paid leave during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor issued a temporary rule Wednesday that effectively exempted businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being required to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers whose children are suddenly at home from school or child care under the coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump.
This article first appeared in Salon.
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As it turned out, that test was flawed.
Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."